Friends and well wishers of Kamer Nizamdeen, a Sri Lankan student arrested in Sydney on August 30 on suspicion that he had been plotting to kill top Australian leaders, are circulating a petition for signatures seeking justice for him on the grounds that the suspicion is baseless. But his uncle Faiszer Musthapha who is also a Sri Lankan cabinet minister says that he will not intervene even though the family is convinced that the boy is innocent. ABC quotes Musthapha as saying that he believes in the fair mindedness of the Australian justice system.
Air China is keen that Sri Lankans visit more places in China than just Beijing and Shanghai, Xinhua reports. “We hope to introduce Sri Lankan travel agents to destinations other than Beijing and Shanghai so that they can promote them among Sri Lankan tourists,” said Emily Liu, General Manager of Air China, Colombo Office, at a forum for Sri Lankan tour operators here on Saturday.
The Bali Jatra (also known as Voyage to Bali and Bōita Bandāṇa),a famous annual festival in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha, celebrates ancient cross-cultural social and trade connections with South and South-East Asia. The festival is held in the city of Cuttack at Gadagadia Ghat on the Mahanadi river, to mark the day when the Sadhabas (ancient Oriya mariners) would set sail to the distant island of Bali in present-day Indonesia, writes visual anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia
Sri Lanka is aiming for a tourism revenue of $4 billion this year, which would be a record high for the sector. To achieve that, the island’s tourism department will chiefly target visitors from India, from where it gets the highest number of visitors. And there has been an up tick in the arrival of young Indians, writes Meera Srinivasan in The Hindu.
Colombo, May 24 (newsin.asia) – This Ramadan season, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo celebrates the tradition of the fasting month with thoughtful offerings and a great Iftar feast in its famous all day dining restaurant – Table One – and the Sapphyr Lounge. Table One – As the sun sets, spend blessed time with family and friends […]
No kidding, Pattaya is way more than a famous party place for adults. Thailand’s eternally popular seaside town has a surprising side to it that makes it a wonderland for families with children; packed with wholesome family fun – as I was amazed to discover recently. Know more about these new attractions, some you’re probably hearing for the first time, writes Indu Balachandran in www.pickyourtrail.com
By Dr. Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai As a train whistles out of Kompannavidiya Railway Station in Colombo 2, it passes by a road in its immediate vicinity- where traditional, colonial and contemporary public spaces stand next to each other as silent sentinels connecting history with modernity. It is the Justice Akbar Mawatha, stretching from Kompannavidiya Railway […]
Male, February 15 (newsin.asia): Maldivian Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer met Chinese Ambassador Zhang Lizhong last Sunday to discuss the declining number of tourists from China after the Maldivian government declared a State of Emergency on February 5. The Maldives Marketing and Public and Relations (MMPRC) said in a tweet that discussions were about the potential impact […]
Male, February 8 (newsin.asia): Following renewed political turmoil this week in the Maldives, President Abdulla Yameen declared a countrywide 15-day state of emergency on Monday, prompting travel alerts by the U.S., U.K., Australia, China, and India during the island nation’s high tourist season. But this isn’t a straight-forward travel alert, points out Laura Dannen Redman Digital […]
Male, February 6 (Avas): Maldivian Tourism Ministry statistics confirm Indian tourist visits had reached 83,019 by end of December 2017 while a year earlier, in 2016 ,Maldives was visited by a total of 66,955 Indian holidaymakers – marking a 24% increase. Maldivian authorities expect Indian arrivals to go up to 100,000 by 2018 end. On […]